Thursday, June 10, 2010

my creative space :: catch me a birdie

Not that long ago Megan of somewhere along a winding path shared that she had bought herself a copy of Crochet Today craft magazine.

crochet today

A few days earlier I had seen the magazine at a newsagent for the very first time and had resisted the urge to buy. BUT – when I saw that Megan had it I decided that I should go and treat myself to the mag too (it was after all at the time of my birthday) and then we could do a project together (virtually like).

Since we’re both in the market for some crafty instant gratification we’ve decided on crocheting ourselves some little birdies…

birdies in the magazine

… after all apparently one of these sweet little birdies can be hooked up in about an hour.

only take an hour

Something tells me that I’m not the hooker they had in mind when this claim was made.

half an ours work

This is my fourth attempt (I’m only counting the attempts where I got past the foundation ring!) and the first time that I‘ve made it to round 3. This particular effort took me a little over half an hour. Oh no!!!

So in my creative space today I’ll be trying to catch myself a little birdie!

Now go and do yourself a favour and grab a cup of tea (if you haven’t done so already) before flying off to creative spaces from around the world over at Kirsty’s.

26 comments:

  1. I get so excited when I see things are only going to take an hour or so. Hours or days later, I agree that it must not be me they are talking about!

    Good luck with your birdie

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  2. I have that exact mag. Just pulled it out the other day and can't wait til my 4 month old is old enough to wear the wings..Don't think the 12 yr old daughter would enjoy them so much haha...

    Good Luck with your birdie, might have to give them a go too.

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  3. oooh, is there a beanie in that magazine. I want to make a beanie, my head is cold :)

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  4. LOL. I have that problem too. Those magazines tell big fat porky pies when it comes to so called quick projects sometimes! Good luck with your birdie.

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  5. is that an australian hour?? because then it might be true.
    looking forward to seeing them, you can do it! ♥

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  6. So funny! I hope you finish it because I want to see what it looks like.

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  7. Note to self: be very wary when something that lovely is claimed to take one hour. I know that when you are onto your 50th, it will take an hour- but until then?! Anyway, hurray up would 'ya cause I want to see how great it turns out!

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  8. LOL I am hopeless at reading patterns when it comes to crochet Sally so I'd also be not the one they had in mind, though the birdies do look cute so I hope you get one with persistence.

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  9. Ok, I have my cuppa at the ready. & I am starting here. Is it too early to add a dash of something to the coffee though???

    anyway I will now feel the need to purchase the mag too after you have brainwashed me. Let's all blame Megan though for that shall we? I like the look of said mag, & I like the look of a birdie that is meant to take an hour. Ok, sitting here browsing spaces & waiting for the hour to be done to see your birdie arrive.

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  10. Ah Thursdays, I really do love them. Thursdays we go to the library, the post office and then grocery shopping. Cohen falls asleep in the car on the way home, I throw the groceries in the pantry, make a coffee and here I am!

    That magazine looks fantastic. I wonder if my local newsagency has any crochet magazines... Good luck with the birdies. I'm with Tanya, when you have made a few they might only take an hour, but the first one always takes the longest.
    :)

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  11. The jug just boiled and I shall be taking your advice! I am sure that little birdie will be faster from here on in….

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  12. One hour to make... once I have spent several hours working out the pattern...that's how it usually works out for me ;o) I say hang in there-try and try again. And yes, tea does help.

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  13. I have to apply the Hoppo Bumpo factor to pattern time frames. That is: take the number you first thought of, add your age, multiply by the number of children you have. See? Much more generous. Good luck!

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  14. sally ive never hooked, but i seem a bit slower than most too. liesl's oliver +s pajamas were "easy" and in the 1-3hour mark, and it took me ages. i'm working on a knitted vest which got cast on a *cough* year ago.....

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  15. What a great way to bring newfound enthusiasm crashing back to earth! You'd think that getting people to feel competent would be a far better strategy for selling more magazines than telling porkies about how long things will take!!

    Keep at it though, you'll get there eventually (even if Liesl's time adjustments are more accurate!)

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  16. I never believe them when they tell me how long things take, maybe after you've made a few it takes that long. Oh well, I hope the little birdie doesn't cause you too much more time to make, it looks pretty cute. Good luck Sally. :)

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  17. Who are they kidding? Sometimes it takes that long to make sense of the pattern! Keep going and then tell me if it is worth the effort (before I get hooked)

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  18. oh NO, this sounds hard. maybe we should stop and go back to the doilies? although no doubt that will be just as tricky. My first granny square took me about 2 and a bit hours. I can now do them in 26 minutes. I wonder how long they are 'supposed' to take, that might give us an estimation of how long it will take us to churn out one birdie. Hope the rest of the day saw a bit of birdie capturing success! Will let you know how I go with mine over the weekend :)

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  19. I thought it was going to be the little shrug in the pattern and wondered how it could be done so quickly!
    The first time I tried to learn crochet I was at a class for 2 hours.
    I came home with a circle much like the one in your picture so I think you're going great-guns!

    PS - you won Tanya's giveaway - the very cool book!

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  20. Liesl is hilarious! Good luck with your gorgeous birdie, I am sure he will be tweeting in no time

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  21. Don't be too upset if you have to unravel things before you get the hang of a pattern. I'm a moderately experienced knitter and I always unravel a pattern (even the most basic one) at least half a dozen times before I get the hang of it and then you'll be able to whip through it! I can't wait to see it finished. So cute and what yarn is it too? The colour's gorgeous.
    My Creative Space

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  22. That little birdie is too cute! I think that claim 'can be done in an hour' means after you have done about 50 ;-)

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  23. oh keep at it, what a fab looking mag - never seen it before! Made your tagine last night - yum! Kids won't touch it, but the Mr and I devoured it with glee

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  24. I'm a wanna be crochet-er...this looks like such a sweet project though!!!
    Happy bird making!
    maureen

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  25. Coming a bit late the the cs party so I hope you caught that birdie! I have seen others joining in virtually as well!

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  26. Maybe after you make 20 of them, they will only take you an hour. I often wonder who sets and stops the timer and all that...because nothing ever takes me the one or two hours claimed to take. Oh well...it's fun anyway! :) Cute pattern. :)

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